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7-Year-Old Texan Sets World Record Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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Montannah Kenney, a 7-year-old from Austin, Texas, has just become the youngest girl to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, setting a world record. Kenney told local media outlets she chose to make the trip because she wanted to go on a fun adventure with her mom, and she also saw it as a way to feel closer to her father, who died when she was just three years old. Her reasoning was, “Because he lives up in heaven and Mt. Kilimanjaro is above the clouds and I wanted to be up there since I knew he was above the clouds.”

The mother/daughter duo spent a year planning their trip, and just a little over six days making their ascent on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. They took the journey over the course of Montannah’s spring break. The pair completed their descent in just a day and a half. Part of the Kilimanjaro National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro is recognized as the highest mountain in the entire continent of Africa and consists of three volcanic cones: Kibo (the highest at 19,341 feet); Mawenzi (at 16,893 feet); and Shira (measuring 13,140 feet).

Montannah’s dad had struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to a GoFundMe page, and had begun Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, but became stressed over the costs. The Kenney family continues to work toward raising awareness about the therapy, as well as helping to raise funds to cover the costs for others who could benefit from it.

Montannah and her father

Photo: Montannah and her father

Montannah’s dad had struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to a GoFundMe page, and had begun Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, but became stressed over the costs. The Kenney family continues to work toward raising awareness about the therapy, as well as helping to raise funds to cover the costs for others who could benefit from it.